Friday, October 23, 2015

Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi is a must watch

Very rarely one get to witness a film like Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi. A first of its kind film, Lord Livingstone is a visual treat and how many films released in these times call for such a description? Anil Radhakrishnan Menon after the successful and critically acclaimed North 24 Kaatham and Sapthamashree Thaskaraha has come out with yet another unique film. Just like North 24 Kaatham, Lord Livingstone also happens to be a journey for most part. But the difference is that the journey this time occurs completely in the wild forests. That makes the film a much rewarding experience. I got the feeling that I am also part of the journey to 7000 Kandi, a fictional tribal village in the forests. The forest is on the verge of destruction by a multi-national corporation and it is Philipose John Varkey (Kunchacko Boban) an environmentalist who sets out on a mission to save 7000 Kandi and its inhabitants. Realizing that its futile fighting single handedly he seeks the help of a 100 others from different walks of life to form a movement against this atrocity. Only six respond to his invitation - an IAS officer (Nedumudi Venu), a Zoology professor (Chemban Vinod) , a chemical engineer (Jacob Gregory), a gun testing expert (Reenu Mathews), a street magician ( Sunny Wayne),   an argonaut (Bharath).

SubmitLord Livingstone 7000 Kandi can be best described as an adventure film...and personally I found it as one of the most interesting films to have released this year. Such a wonderful theme and the director has quite managed to pull it off in style. And such delightful performances too. Kunchacko Boban has got a meaty role this time and he has done full justice to it. But the ones who truly stand out are Jacob Gregory, Chemban Vinod and Sudheer Karamana.

Jayesh Nair's camera work is amazing. The art direction is also highly commendable. The visual effects deserve special mention. Varun Krishnan and Dileep Varma who were part of the VFX team of Life of Pi are the men behind the spectacular visual effects of Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi. On the downside, Rex Vijayan's music fails to impress.  Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's tribute to nature, Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi is an admirable cinematic work. People like Prem Menon of Global United Media deserves huge applause for producing this endeavour. Don’t miss it.

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